Monday, 17 May 2010


Back in the 50's, professional photographer Philippe Halsman liked to have a little fun after shooting his serious portrait work....

After photographing some of the most influential people of his generation for magazine covers such as LIFE and the Saturday Evening Post, Halsmon requested that the subject quickly 'jump' before closing down the shoot.

This request led to some fantastically whimsical shots of stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Marylin Monroe, Salvador Dali and Richard Nixon leaping to the skies without a care in the world. With over 100 LIFE magazine covers to his name, the idea was unconventional at the time for such a well-known name in photography, but gave Halsmon some of the best shots of his career.

We love how Philippe Halsman managed to pull out the fun side of every subject and how he shone a completely new light on certain famous figures we all thought we had figured out, all in the name of art and silliness! The extended series of 'Jump' photographs is currently on display for the first time at the Laurence Miller Gallery in New York until 28th May and will no doubt inspire onlookers to smile and jump around that little more often.

Grace Kelly

Brigitte Bardot

Audrey Hepburn

by Kat Nicholls

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charlotte lucy said...

LOVE this!
its pretty magical, and i actually COULD go to the exhibition too!!


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